If you are an EU or EFTA national, you do not have to do anything before entering Switzerland. However, you are obliged to register with the residents' registration office at your new commune of residence within 14 days of your arrival and apply for a residence permit.
Although students from Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore do not need a visa to enter Switzerland, they must submit the same documents as students with visa requirements in order to obtain a residence permit. However, they need not remain in their country until a decision has been made with regard to their application, but may enter Switzerland upon submission of the required documents.
The information on this page is for information purposes only and supplied without liability. The underlying regulations may have changed since this information was last updated. For legally binding information, please consult the website of the State Secretariat for Migration or contact the Embassy of Switzerland in your country of residence.